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31 Jan 2014
Of Cyclones, VOR, Melges 24's, match racing and more
Cloud Surface Composite - Tropical Cyclone Dylan
Tropical Cyclone Dylan made landfall near Hideaway Bay, between Bowen and Airline Beach, as a category two cyclone about 3.30am. The top of the king tide time will tell a story of its own at 10:11am.
Another new Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 team , this time an amalgamation of US sailors and Turkish money, who would have thought?
US sailor Mark Towill was just 18 when he met Charlie Enright, four years older, as a fellow young star in the Disney sailing movie, Morning Light. The reality film followed a cross-Pacific boat voyage and made use of some of the biggest names in offshore sailing.
Enright, now 29, picks up the story: 'We met during the trials for that – we both considered that project to be the beginning of our dream, which is the Volvo Ocean Race.
'We've had a lot of Volvo veterans as our coaches on the Morning Light shoot – Stan Honey, Mike Sanderson, Jerry Kirby – and they set up the foundations for us in terms of high-level ocean racing.' Be an interesting crew to watch, lots of one design experience but they have little time offshore.
At the Gill Melges 24 World Championship in Geelong, it is three races deeper into the 12 race event and the visitors unsurprisingly continue to dictate terms.
After the completion of race six in the 10-12 knot sou'easter, Harry Melges' Star and crew Andy Burdick, Jeff Ecklund and Federico Michetti, sailing for New York and Lauderdale yacht clubs, are lead boat and have created some breathing space.
Matt Jerwood's crew enjoying a good lead, with a leisurely hoist. - Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta Bernie Kaaks
Rookie skipper Matt Jerwood showed remarkable composure today to finish at the head of the points table of the Warren Jones regatta in Fremantle, with 11 wins from 12 races. Round robin 1 is complete and the first flight of Round robin 2 finished today's activities.
The second day of racing started in a light south easterly, which as forecast died away to nothing in the middle of the day and shifted to a solid south wester as Perth's famous 'Fremantle Doctor' kicked in at 20 knots plus.
David Gilmour was made to work hard for a win over New Zealand's Chris Staub. - Warren Jones International Youth Match Racing Regatta Bernie Kaaks
Current titleholder David Gilmour is next with 10 wins from 12 races and Chris Steele has also suffered just two defeats, but has only completed 11 races so far.
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